1. The Man with No Name
Appears In: A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Portrayed By: Clint Eastwood
Though sometimes he goes by "Joe," other times by "Manco," and still at other times by "Blondie," we ultimately know him as the Man with No Name, and he is perhaps the most iconic figure of the western genre. The climactic duel of The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly alone has been the subject of homage and parody countless times.
Eastwood's performance is a reminder to our dialogue-heavy generation that, sometimes, less is more. Eastwood famously insisted some of his lines be cut from A Fistful of Dollars. From then on, the Man with No Name's stoicism only increased and his popularity among moviegoers only grew. When Eastwood does speak in the trilogy, it counts, as he delivers great lines like "There are two kinds of people in this world, my friend: people with guns and people who dig. You dig."